Come see Hansel and Gretel!


Lyric Opera Ensemble presents


Hansel and Gretel


April 18th at 7:30 pm at Kingsbury Hall


$20 general public
$10 non-U students
U students and children under 18 – FREE

Children under 6 not permitted.

Sung in English, Supertitles provided.


Tickets can be purchased through, or at the box office at Kingbury Hall.


Come support Hayley Bell in her debut opera roll in Hansel and Gretel. She is enacting the character of the Mother, Gertrude, who inadvertently sends her children into the clutches of the evil witch.


Please join us after the show for a Village Inn tradition at the Village Inn at 910 E 400 S Salt Lake City, UT for good food and celebration! (No Host) 

Hope to see you there!


Something Beautiful

Have you ever wanted to create something beautiful, but wasn’t quiet sure how? I get that feeling a lot. I will suddenly have this need to create, to write, sing, dance, paint, but I’m not sure what or even how. The drive to create is very strong in the human race. Since the dawn of time we have pushed to create life, create homes, create art. But what can we create that is truly original anymore? Is there such a thing as an original thought? And original idea? Or has it all been done before?

I find myself asking those types of questions more and more lately. Is it possible? Can you create something that is truly yours? That hasn’t been adulterated by the world around you? I don’t think so. I think no matter what you do, you are always influenced in some way by what is around you. No matter what.

But then what are we creating? The regurgitation of a generation? Are we pushing the same ideas that have been pushed before? Are we expressing the same things that have been expressed before?

How do you create something that is beautiful? How do you create something that is just you?

New voice lessons, new teacher

I recently went to see a high school production of Phantom of the Opera. I’m sure some of you are like, ‘What? Phantom, at a high school? What is wrong with these people?’ But to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. The two girls that played Christine and Carlotta were shocking. Carlotta totally blew me away! I have never heard a high school student with such amazing technique. She was phenomenal! After the show I went to her and asked who her teacher and it turns out, it was an old teacher of Trevors. Barry Bounous is a part time vocal coach at Brigham Young University. I was super nervous about calling him the first time, but it turned out totally fine. He was really nice and called me back pretty quickly. So tomorrow I have a voice lesson with him.

Since I stopped taking lessons from Allison, I haven’t sung and to be honest, I’ve not had much interest. I always get so wrapped up with everything that I’m doing, that I forget about singing. For a while I was totally focused on writing my novel and left singing by the wayside. It happens. But now I need to get back into it because . . .

I’ve decided to audition of the Royal Academy Opera in London, England in the Fall of 2012. I know its a bit away, but thats when I will have finished my degree and be able to go onto my masters. Plus is like $30,000 for a year and we want to be able to afford at least a fraction of that.

But I’m super psyched! Wish me luck!!!!

New Cloths!

I went shopping today with my wonderful big sister for the photo shoot coming up soon. It was so much fun to pick out cloths then try them on with her. I’m always so horrible at choosing outfits and figuring out what to wear with them.

We decided to go to Plato’s Closet, a consignment store right next to my apartment. This place has been such a jewel to me because I’ve been able to find some really amazing things there for really cheap and been able to get a ton of stuff! We both started in the middle in a section and work both ways until we had looked at everything. It was fun to look all the different shirts and think about the possibility of each shirt, each outfit. I could create myself in so many different ways, it was limitless possibility!

I got a few really great things that will work really well for the photo shoot and also on stage. So in the next few weeks you guys will see the great outfits we got!

Hairspray Auditions

I found out a local community theater here in Orem was planning on holding auditions for their upcoming production of Hairspray Thursday and Friday. Now, understand that I have been looking forward to the auditions for quiet a while and waiting for them to announce when they were being held for a least two weeks. So when they were announced, you would understand my dismay because I am still sick with a head cold. ARG!

I was first introduced to Tracy Turnblat and her hysterical mother when I was in the performing group Young Americans. They had a few signature pieces that each new member had to learn and “You Can’t Stop the Beat” was one of them. I had a very love hate relationship with that song because while I loved the song, I was miserable in the group so I didn’t appreciate the song very much.

Then when the movie came out starting Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta I had a chance to see the show unadulterated and unbiased. I LOVED IT!! I saw it with my mother and older sister (being the youngest of the family, everyone is older then me!). We laughed so hard, all three of us were gasping as we left the theater. It is one the greatest shows I had ever seen!

So when the auditions were announce, I was so bummed because my voice is horrible and I didn’t really have anything prepared. Tear! But I am definately going to be seeing it when they open!

Singing with a cold…Ha Ha

I’ve been sick this weekend and when I tried to open my mouth to sing, it was like a dead duck trying to sing after life has left it. Nothing. It’s very frustrating! But I got some good work done on the show that I’m working on. I found this site where you can download pieces directly onto your computer. It was great! All these old songs that proved to be difficult to find were right there ready for me at the touch of a button. I love computers!

A few of the songs I’ve downloaded were:

All the Way-Frank Sinatra

Sway- Pussycat Doll cover

Feeling Good -Michael Buble

The Rose- Bett Middler

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – The Andersons

Seriously great music! I found I’m a big fan of jazzy kind of music, which explains why I like Frank Sinatra so much! I also am in love with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. They are so beautiful!

So now I’m learning to the words to those songs and hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have my voice back and I will be able to sing again!

Back to my Roots

Music has always been a major part of my life. Ever since I can remember I have been singing for friends and family, in the living room, in the church gym, anywhere people would stand still long enough for me to sing a full song. I was in love with anything that had to do with music, dance, singing, writing music…just not so keen on practicing the piano. I would spend hours daydreaming on what my future would be. I remember sitting and thinking about my life in music as a small four year old and asking my mother if I could be in music without been in a group. She pointed out artists such as Michael Jackson, Enya, Celine Dion who had been very successful without being in a group. I can’t tell you what a weight was lifted off my small shoulders when she told me that.

I sang all my life entering competitions, choirs, theater up until a tramatic experience I had in my junior year of high school. Music had been my lifeline and in just a few short hours, I felt as if it had been torn from me. I struggled the next year or so and finally made the decision to leave music. And for five years I did just that. I didn’t sing for anyone, anywhere for any reason. I didn’t even sing the shower or with the radio. But in the fall of 2009, I realized something was missing in my life and I needed to come back to music. So I made the painstaking journey back to the world of music and performing and I have to say…I HAVE MISSED YOU! Now my husband can’t get me to shut up! I’m constantly singing around the house, in my car, in his car, anywhere.

Having left music for so long gave me the perspective I needed to realize how much it means to me. Music is the closest I ever come on this earth to heaven and my God. Singing connects me to something bigger then myself that only music can explain from heart to heart. I made the mistake of leaving music behind once; I will never make that mistake again.